With only minor flaws, the Cooler Master GM27-CF offers speedy performance at entry-level pricing. Fast and smooth play action meet high contrast & saturated color for a great value choice. But we couldn"t get it khổng lồ hit 200 Hz.
Cooler Master has long been well-known for its cooling components, PC cases và power supplies. This year, it"s getting into displays with two new screens: the Cooler Master GM34-CW, the subject of this review, and the Cooler Master GM27-CF we reviewed earlier.
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The GM34-CW we"re focused on today shows Cooler Master isn"t shy in its attempts to lớn make the best gaming monitor for your rig. For $300 at the time of writing, you get a 27-inch curved display with an impressive 165 Hz that"s supposed khổng lồ be able lớn climb to lớn 200 Hz with overclocking. We had our qualms with overclocking to 200 Hz, but at this price has Cooler Master come up with the right formula for high-performance gaming on a budget?
Cooler Master GM27-CF Specifications
|Panel Type / Backlight||VA / W-LED, edge array|
|27 inches / 16:9; Curve radius: 1500mm|
165Hz, 200Hz w/overclock, FreeSync Premium: 48-200 Hz
|8-bit / DCI-P3|
|DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4|
|3.5mm headphone output|
|19.3w, brightness |
|24.3 x 16.8-20.9 x 9.4 inches (617 x 427-531 x 239mm)|
|3.2 inches (80mm)|
|Top/sides: 0.4 inch (10mm); Bottom: 0.8 inch (20mm)|
|11.3 pounds (5.1kg)|
At under $300, the best HDR monitors are premium displays usually equipped with full-array local-dimming backlights. Certainly checks a lot of boxes. Its VA panel claims high contrast, & Cooler Master also included extended color with a measured 85% of the DCI-P3 gamut.
There"s AMD FreeSync Premium to fight screen tearing, but for Nvidia graphics card users we also got G-Sync to lớn run on the monitor, even though it"s not Nvidia-certified (you can see how by reading our article on How to Run G-Sync on a FreeSync Monitor).
A trắng LED backlight operates flicker-free and includes a low xanh light mode khổng lồ help combat eye fatigue. Và a 1500R curvature helps wrap the kích hoạt around the user’s peripheral vision just a little more than the same-sized flat screen.
What’s missing? Some might decry the 1080p resolution. While there are higher-res screens aplenty, FHD does offer something higher px densities can’t: super-fast frame rates with budget clip cards. Enthusiasts on a budget or those with older systems will find smooth operation from a monitor like the GM27-CF.
The other omission is HDR. Butt as we"ve discussed before, the best HDR monitors are premium displays usually equipped with full-array local-dimming backlights. With an edge array backlight, the GM27-CF likely wouldn"t have brought much khổng lồ the HDR table anyway.
Unpacking and Accessories
The panel, upright and base must be assembled after unpacking. You’ll need a Phillips-head screwdriver to lớn put everything together.
Construction is a bit different than we’ve seen before. Rather than bolting the panel to lớn the upright, you unsnap the fulcrum from the panel and attach it khổng lồ the upright with two fasteners, then snap it back together. The base attaches with a captive bolt. If you’d rather use your own bracket or arm, two stamped steel pieces bolt to lớn the panel, creating a 75mm VESA mount.